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Republican Platform on the Electoral College

Why the GOP Opposes Eliminating the Electoral College


The Republican Party opposes any effort to modify or abolish the Electoral College, according to the party platform statement approved in 2012. The Republican platform on the Electoral College called such efforts to change the way we elect presidents "a mortal threat to our federal system and a guarantee of corruption."

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There are several proposals to eliminate or alter the Electoral College, including the National Popular Vote initiative. The proposal would guarantee the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., a victory in presidential contests regardless of how many electoral votes they won.

The Republican platform on the Electoral College specifically states the party's opposition to the National Popular Vote initiative, though, calling it an unconstitutional scheme to steal the presidency.

Wording of the Republican Platform

The Republican platform statement on the Electoral College is contained in a section titled The Continuing Importance of Protecting the Electoral College. The party adopted the platform at the August 2012 Republican National Convention held in Tampa, Fla.

See also: How Many Electoral Votes Does Your State Have?

The wording of the platform statement is:

"We oppose the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact or any other scheme to abolish or distort the procedures of the Electoral College. We recognize that an unconstitutional effort to impose 'national popular vote' would be a mortal threat to our federal system and a guarantee of corruption as every ballot box in every state would become a chance to steal the presidency."

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